You and I are already in agreement that we love dolls… I own the Pattycake Doll Company, which is an e-tail doll store, and I blog about dolls. And since you’re one of my readers of The Doll Blog, I think we can safely assume you love dolls too.
So I think we’ll also be in agreement that this is interesting:
The Japanese celebrate the 2nd Monday in January as ‘Coming of Age’ day, when everyone who has turned twenty in the last year celebrates having reached the ‘age of Majority’ or adulthood.
For the women, it’s a ‘dress-up, get your hair and make-up done’ kind of day. The dress-up part is by wearing ‘Furisode’ Kimonos. Furisode Kimonos are expensive ‘formal’ Kimonos worn by single women.
And for some women, the get your hair done part is accomplished by wrapping your hair around a Barbie Doll. This totally blows me away.
And frustrates me, because, as much as I have grilled my Japanese pen-pals about this, I can only get partial answers. Like how common is it? Common enough that two different pen-pals sent me pictures of two different women with Barbie in their hair. Why do they do it? “Because it’s pretty” came the answer. Why Barbie? No answer.
Interesting? Very! Understandable?… well, I’m still working on that!